Woman Is Sentenced to 20 Years In Prison

She was found guilty for her role in the 2005 murder of a Letcher County woman and now she is telling her side of the story. Rosemary McClain faced a judge for her sentencing Monday in Letcher County Court.

McClain stood before a judge as he took the jury's recommendation, giving her 20 years in prison.

“It was shocking, but I really don't know what to say, to be honest about it,” says McClain.

McClain was found guilty for her role in the 2005 murder of Lisa Jenkins. She says Shannon Garland, who is now serving a life sentence for his role in the murder, is the real killer.

“I'm not a murderer. Shannon killed my best friend. And she's my only witness I've got,” she says.

However the Commonwealth's Attorney still does not buy her story.

“The big difference with Rosemary, was that she was inconsistent each and every time that she told it, including when she testified in her trial,” says Edison Banks, the Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

“I would like to tell her husband that I'm very sorry and I hope and pray to God that he don't think I killed her, Because I did not kill her,” says McClain.

“We just feel like Rosemary's not only been a victim of Shannon Garland, but she's been a victim of this court system, this pathetic court system that we've got here,” says Lisa Honeycutt, Rosemary’s sister.

“She was just like a sister to me and she was my best friend and I just wish she was here,” says McClain.

The judge denied probation for McClain. The family of Lisa Jenkins was not in court Monday, but her sister said over the phone the family is glad to put all of this behind them even though it still hurts.

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  • by me Location: rite here on Sep 23, 2008 at 10:02 PM
    God bless both side very sad
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